Commonwealth Policy Center

Nine years ago, the city of Frankfort passed a fairness ordinance. This is a measure that makes LGBT activity a protected civil right. But at the time, many charge that the law was unnecessary. According to City Clerk Chermie Maxwell, there have only been five complaints since the ordinance was enacted in 2013. Every one of them was unfounded. Maxwell told the State Journal that these were “complaints, not violations.” A recent federal District Court ruling strikes a blow to the idea of fairness ordinances. A successful lawsuit in Louisville by a photographer believed that the ordinances threatened her religious freedom. This puts a damper on the movement of many ordinances moving forward in the future. As a date only 19 Kentucky cities have such ordinances on the books.